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Troublesome Questions For President Trump

May 10, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Troublesome Questions For President Trump

By JUDGE ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO In a startling revelation earlier this past week, The New York Times published what it claims are 49 questions that special counsel Robert Mueller sent to lawyers for President Donald Trump. The questions are apparently a roadmap of inquiry that Mueller and his prosecutors and FBI agents plan to put to the president if the president agrees to sit down for an interview with them. I have been arguing for months that the president should not agree to an interview with Mueller. My reasons are fairly boilerplate: It is nearly impossible to talk prosecutors who are determined to seek an indictment into changing their minds. As well, the person being interviewed cannot possibly know as…Continue Reading

Meeting Abuse Survivors… Pope Apologizes For Being “Part Of The Problem”

May 9, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Meeting Abuse Survivors… Pope Apologizes For Being “Part Of The Problem”

By ELISE HARRIS VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — After meeting with Pope Francis over the weekend of April 28, Chilean survivors of clerical sexual abuse said the Pontiff was open, sympathetic, and deeply affected by the situation, at one point voicing sorrow for having been “part of the problem.” Juan Carlos Cruz, a victim of Chilean abuser Fr. Fernando Karadima who met with Pope Francis privately April 28, said he spoke to the Pontiff for at least three hours, and found him “sincere, attentive, and deeply apologetic for the situation.” “For me, the Pope was contrite, he was truly sorry,” Cruz said. “I felt also that he was hurting, which for me was very solemn . . . because it’s…Continue Reading

A Traditional Devotion To The Holy Spirit

May 8, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Traditional Devotion To The Holy Spirit

By JAMES MONTI The scriptural accounts of the Ascension of our Lord in the Gospels of St, Mark (Mark 16:15-20) and St. Luke (Luke 24:50-53) and in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 1:6-11) describe this event as a visible ascent of Christ before His disciples’ eyes, with a cloud taking Him from their sight (Acts 1:9). In the 1656 diocesan ritual of Augsburg, Germany and other Baroque liturgical books of Bavaria and the Tirol we find this commemorated with a visual re-enactment — a statue of Christ, after being incensed on the altar, would be slowly drawn up toward the ceiling of the church (Rituale Augustanum Romano Conformatum, Dillingen, Germany, Ignatius Maier, 1656, pp. 447-449). Heaven, of course, has…Continue Reading

Smut Night At The Press Dinner

May 7, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Smut Night At The Press Dinner

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN The April 28 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, billed as a celebration of the First Amendment and a tribute to journalists who “speak truth to power,” has to be the worst advertisement in memory for our national press corps. Comedian Michelle Wolf, the guest speaker, recited one filthy joke after another at the expense of President Trump and his people, using words that would have gotten her kicked out of school not so long ago. Media critic Howard Kurtz said he had “never seen a performance like that,” adding that Wolf “was not only nasty but dropping F-bombs on live television.” Some of her stuff was grungier than that. The anti-Trump media at the black-tie dinner…Continue Reading

Why We Are Still Bleeding

May 6, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Why We Are Still Bleeding

By DONALD DeMARCO The motto of the Boy Scouts of America is “Be Prepared.” I am grateful to this venerable organization for teaching me how to be prepared so that I could provide First Aid to my younger brother many, many years ago when he put his fist through a pane of glass. Noticing the profuse bleeding, I used my handkerchief as a tourniquet and put the small end of a spoon through the knot I tied and then twisted it clockwise until I could see that my dear sibling’s arm was no longer spouting blood. That was First Aid. I then handed my brother over to the medical specialists so they could provide Second Aid. First Aid can save…Continue Reading

With Nixon In ’68… The Year America Came Apart

May 5, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on With Nixon In ’68… The Year America Came Apart

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN (Editor’s Note: Below is a bonus Buchanan column, distributed by This column was originally published in The Wall Street Journal on April 5, 2018.) + + + On the night of January 31, 1968, as tens of thousands of Viet Cong guerrillas attacked the major cities of South Vietnam, in violation of a Lunar New Year truce, Richard Nixon was flying secretly to Boston. At 29, and Nixon’s longest-serving aide, I was with him. Advance man Nick Ruwe met us at Logan Airport and drove us to a motel in Nashua, N.H., where Nixon had been preregistered as “Benjamin Chapman.” The next day, only hours before the deadline, Nixon filed in Concord to enter the…Continue Reading

Alasdair MacIntyre… Would Have Signed The Paris Document

May 4, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Alasdair MacIntyre… Would Have Signed The Paris Document

By JUDE DOUGHERTY With the publication of After Virtue in 1981, Alasdair MacIntyre set the parameters for a philosophical debate that was to last for decades. As if his point had not been well made, he followed that book with two others, Whose Justice, Which Rationality? and Three Rival Versions of Moral Inquiry. With the first of these volumes (now in its third edition), McIntyre succeeded in bringing moral discourse back to earth from the abstract, idealized realm inhabited by philosophers in the English-speaking world who limited themselves to analysis of language and formal arguments, or invented imaginary situations that presumably gave direction to affairs in the real world. In After Virtue, MacIntyre observes and documents that philosophers trained in…Continue Reading

Beauty Can Bring People Closer To God

May 3, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Beauty Can Bring People Closer To God

By DENNIS PRAGER (Editor’s Note: Below is an essay by Dennis Prager, a nationally syndicated conservative radio talk-show host and author. The essay is an exclusive excerpt from Prager’s new book, The Rational Bible: Exodus, published by Regnery. Prager, whose background is Jewish, wrote the book to show how the Bible teaches “sublime moral values” and is essential to our lives. Regnery Publishing offered this excerpt to The Wanderer because Prager here addresses the criticism Catholics receive for constructing such beautiful cathedrals, and defends why this is respectful and necessary.) + + + 25.3 And these are the gifts that you shall accept from them: gold, silver, and copper; The Torah now details the gifts the Israelites may bring (but…Continue Reading

Academic Challenge In Religion Assists Evangelization

May 2, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Academic Challenge In Religion Assists Evangelization

By ARTHUR HIPPLER “Why do the religion classes have to be so hard?” This is a question I used to hear from parents at my school. “Don’t they just need to know ‘God loves you’ and ‘be kind to others’?” These same parents expect math and science, history and literature, to be challenging, to prepare their children for college. But for them, religion is a subject that, in the words of Robert Fulghum: All you really needed to know you learned in kindergarten. The Church discourages the trend of schools toward making religion “easy.” In the General Directory on Catechesis (1997), the Congregation for Clergy insisted that “religious instruction in schools appear as a scholastic discipline with the same systematic…Continue Reading

Do Liberals Want These Migrants To Die?

May 1, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Do Liberals Want These Migrants To Die?

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of Creators Syndicate distributed this column.) + + + Last September, two children illegally crossed over the U.S.-Mexico border into the United States. One was accompanied by a parent who compelled the child to cross; the other was not. Soon, liberal activists were working to make sure one of these children died. Which one did they want to see dead? The child compelled to cross the border by the illegally crossing parent. What was this child’s offense? Physical location. You see, this child was the unborn child of the other. His or her greatest problem was not having crossed illegally into the United States, it…Continue Reading